Bombardier Aerospace
3.3 of 5 119 reviews
www.aerospace.bombardier.com Dorval, Canada

Bombardier Aerospace Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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76% Approve of the CEO

Bombardier Aerospace President & CEO Pierre Beaudoin

Pierre Beaudoin

(63 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "The company pushes the envelope on work life balance and they work with employees with Flexible schedules"
    in 15 reviews
  • "Good benefits, very polite environment, proud to be Canadian"
    in 5 reviews
Cons:
  • "lack of technical methodologies and basic resources for doing decent engineering work"
    in 3 reviews
  • "Middle management was lying to make a story to cover their mistake"
    in 4 reviews
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    You'll be amazed at the amount of chaos at this company!!

    Product Development Engineer (Former Employee)
    Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsIts a name that looks good on your resume.

    ConsThe company does not know where its wants to be in the next 10-15 years.
    Product development is just a joke.
    Most of the work packages are out-sourced to suppliers. All one ends up doing is just integration (a.k.a baby-sitting the supplier)
    Management ALWAYS want to show the supplier in poor light, so that they can look good to their higher-ups. This generates unnecessary friction and lack of trust b/w the OEM and the supplier. As a result the supplier does not care about the quality of the end-product.
    For that matter there is in-fighting b/w product development groups across various locations.
    Basic communication b/w structure and systems groups is absent.
    Analysis methods and process are vintage 1950's! Core engineering group that is in-charge of bringing in new and improved methods of analysis has taken a hike!
    Company runs on deadlines that in most cases are un-realistic.
    Propriety methods from supplier's are most sought off as in-house talent is zero!
    No solid or strong focus on R&D.
    If you're not french and work in product development at Montreal, the chances of you getting side-lined are huge.
    Managers are biased and not fair.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWake up and realize that you're in the business of making jets. If you want a piece of the action and want to compete with the likes of Boeing and Airbus, you need to clean up your act NOW!!!
    Invest in R&D
    Promote technical managers and not man managers.
    Put faith in people who can achieve and lead by example rather than those who just prepare colorful presentations, and can talk, talk and just talk.
    And finally for god sake remove the french bias. Its hard to imagine a company which has only french speaking people at higher positions when you're flag-ship products (including the C-series) carry the Canadian flag!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Each location is different.

    Mechanic (Former Employee)
    Tucson, AZ

    ProsFellow employees were great to be around. Management was the opposite. And HR is the WORST! Traveled to work at other locations. Each is essentially their own "business" and run differently.

    ConsWorking Hours were horrible. Best working hours were determined by seniority. There seniority = 8+ years. Constant threat of layoffs

    Advice to Senior ManagementCare about your lower level employees and fight FOR them!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Negative work environment.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsAllows to work on wonderful product. Employees are proud of the product. If you have a bully character, you can get promotion.

    ConsAbsence of recognition. Only way to be recognized as a good supervisor/manager is to bully others and show you can be the tough guy. Horrible work environment because everybody complaints about someone on a regular basis.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSupport your people to find solution to problems and be supportive (and allow proper ressources) instead of promoting the blame game.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    ProsGood customer interaction. If you can foster a relationship with the customer in spite of the company then this is the best part of the job

    ConsProbably the worst company I have worked with / for. Terrible IT system, low ethical code and bad pay and benefits. Luckily I will be leaving soon. On call virtually 24 hours a day.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees better

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Treated like crap if you are lower than Manager level

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPeople I work with are very good and supportive

    ConsMontreal HQ and the drones that work there. They do not respect anyone who is does not work there and have little regard for you if you do not have Manager in your title. Very very little opportunity for career advancement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a serious look at this Company that you are DESTROYING...it is the people on the ground floor who are supporting your grandeous titles and your flamboyant lifestyles...you are taking salaries that you do not deserve and pushing out substandard products. You are a disgrace.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bad employer

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNot too many that can be said.

    ConsTerrible culture, not an open door environment.

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    one of the worst places i've worked at a company that size. I can't believe i stayed there that long

    Contract Administrator (Former Employee)
    Dorval, QC (Canada)

    Prosyou get to be near and fly in premium jets, Globals and challengers are cool.
    lots of free food
    benefits are fairly good
    good work-life balance in that you can take time off for emergencies or personal issues without it being a problem.

    free parking
    cheap cafeteria
    some staff are really nice
    deal with some of the best attorney's representing clients, so you learn a lot from them.

    Consmanagement makes all the decisions, your role is to execute only.
    Top-heavy, roughly 1 manager for every 2 employees. The vp hires mostly his incompetent friends in fluff jobs. Most work is done by a few competent key staff, who are pushed to burn-out.

    Quarter ends are the worst period. you work long hours to meet last minute deals on the whim of management and their numbers, or sales people. No bonus or overtime.

    Sales people who you partially support make good money and treat you like garbage, even though you negotiate the final deals for them. Half the time they ignore your calls.

    Work is repetitive and mostly paper pushing as you cannot make decisions.

    lots of wasted time in meetings.

    VP doesn't care about lower-level staff, tried to avoid staff events, staff problems, and even the christmas party.

    salaries are targeted by hr to be at most equal to the middle of thier comparison companies. Result is very poor pay outside the benefits. At the same time the company has no problems throwing out millions per customer in freebies to get cash a little earlier.

    lack of basic technology tools

    no private rooms (conference) or offices to do your negotiations. Many times surrounding staff ignores you are talking to close a deal, and can be heard on your phone line.

    incompetent staff gets promotions depending on their "extra-curricular" activities.

    group bonus so individual efforts don't matter.

    Advice to Senior Managementget rid of most management and hire competent people. Pay people fairly for their work as your staff is a big part of your public face.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Absolutely a waste of time

    (Current Employee)
    Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsPros
    - Big Company, so you know it's not disappearing tomorrow
    - You know you are working on a cool product (private jets)

    ConsCons
    Management Does Not care!
    -They ask you to do things to waste your time,
    - huge bureaucracy,
    - keep on having the same problems, with no will to fix them
    - Sales driven organization where you have to suck up and do stupid things to appease little islands of power.
    - tons of contradictions
    - lack of technical methodologies and basic resources for doing decent engineering work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdvice to Senior Management
    Start actually empowering your employees and let them make decisions.
    - Hire competent people and pay them well
    - Show people respect for their intellect - you are not fooling us with speeches full of hot air, when no concrete measures are in place to improve efficiency.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not the best place to work, unless you want to coast and do nothing all day

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros-Big Company, so you know it's not disappearing tomorrow
    - good benefits (though bad salary)
    - You know you are working on a cool product (private jets)

    ConsManagement Does Not care!
    -They ask you to do things to waste your time,
    -huge bureaucracy,
    -keep on having the same problems, with no will to fix them
    -Sales driven organization where you have to suck up and do stupid things to appease little fiefdoms of power
    - tons of contradictions
    - lack of basic resources and even moderately new technology

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart actually empowering your employees and let them make decisions.
    Promote on merit
    - Hire competent people and pay them well
    - Change the commission structure
    - Show people respect for their intellect - you are not fooling us with speeches full of hot air, when no concrete measures are in place to improve efficiency.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Diverse company that is poorly run and managed

    3344 (Former Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsThe money is good for the industry

    ConsPoor management and direction
    Poor and inadequate training

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo what you say you will
    Follow up with employees about issues they have asked about or discussed with you

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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